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Donkiesbaai Steen 2015

The Steen under the Donkiesbaai label from a Piekenierskloof vineyard planted in 1979 is quickly becoming one of my very favourite. The recently released 2015 vintage has an elusive nose of pear, white peach, lemon and a very subtle yeasty note. Pure and concentrated on the palate with lovely fresh acidity and great length. It’s […]

March 22, 2016
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2014

The Grenache as made by Stellenbosch cellar Vriesenhof from Piekenierskloof grapes has always be a wine of restraint and the 2014 is no exception. Matured for 14 to 18 months in first- and second-fill French oak barrels depending on vintage, the 2014 shows aromas of red and black fruit, some subtle floral perfume scrub and […]

February 23, 2016
by Christian
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Piekenierskloof Grenache 2014

Piekenierskloof Wine Company, previously Citrusdal Wines, is co-owned by the renowned Charles Back, some 700ha of vineyard in the Olifants River region under cultivation. The recently launched Grenache 2014, with an approximate retail price of R125 a bottle, is a note-worthy wine. From vineyards ranging from 30 to 50 years in age, production currently amounts […]

December 19, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2014

“Unlike the usual full-bodied style of Grenache, this wine rather displays the elegant characteristics of the grape,” reads the back label of Soldaat 2014, part of Eben Sadie’s Die Ou Wingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). From a Piekenierskloof vineyard, the wine is restrained to the point of delicate. The nose shows wild strawberry, fynbos and […]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Some winelands myths debunked

Where do people find their strange ideas and fragments of historical misinformation? I daresay I have one or two cranky and mistaken notions of my own, but those, of course, aren’t making me raise an eyebrow (not to mention simultaneously scratch my forehead, heave a deep sigh and shrug my shoulders – it’s a physical […]

December 8, 2014
by Tim James
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Neil Ellis Grenache 2012

It was International Grenache Day this past Friday and to mark the occasion Neil Ellis Wines hosted a vertical tasting of its wine from this variety. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof block planted in 1954 – bush vines, ungrafted and not irrigated. It’s 2.5ha and size and thanks to the “haasbek” (gaps in plantings were […]

September 22, 2014
by Christian
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Tierhoek Grenache 2011

From 60-year-old vines grown 760m above sea level in Piekenierskloof, the Tierhoek Grenache 2011 is wonderfully appealing (and pretty good value at R110 a bottle). Red and blue fruit rather than black, some fynbos, subtle spice. It’s medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft tannins. It’s tighter than previous vintages but definitely not severe – […]

November 19, 2013
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2010

Vriesenhof in Stellenbosch appears resolutely publicity shy and as a result I sometimes forget how satisfying the wines from this cellar are. The approach here is nothing if not old school and what ends up in bottle typically possesses a “noble rusticity” –  the sort of thing that will get marked down next to the […]

May 29, 2013
by Christian
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